Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Today in Country Music History...March 14, 2017



Toby Keith launches his first Australian concert tour at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. His openings acts include The Eli Young Band and Kellie Pickler

Capitol releases Luke Bryan's "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" to radio

Keith Urban takes "Sweet Thing" to the top of the Billboard country singles list

Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley perform for president George W. Bush when ABC tapes "An American Celebration At Ford's Theatre." The Kelsey Grammer-hosted show also features Patti LaBelle, Jessica Simpson and David Spade, among others

Jo Dee Messina sings "Lesson In Leavin'" during her Grand Ole Opry debut, the same evening that Opry manager Bob Whittaker asks Diamond Rio to join the cast

Willie Nelson's Farm Aid V draws about 40,000 fans in Irving, Texas, with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Walsh, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ricky Van Shelton, The Kentucky HeadHunters, Lorrie Morgan, Hal Ketchum and Paul Simon

"Help Me Make It Through The Night" is a double-winner during the 14th annual Grammy awards in New York, claiming Best Country Song for Kris Kristofferson and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, for Sammi Smith

California Governor Ronald Reagan pardons Merle Haggard for a 1957 attempted robbery that landed the singer in prison

Kristian Bush is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He becomes a member of Sugarland, which earns multiple Vocal Duo of the Year honors. He co-writes most of the act's material, including "Settlin'," "It Happens" and "Everyday America"

Michael Martin Murphey is born in Oak Cliff, Texas. After registering a major pop hit in 1975 with "Wildfire," he becomes a significant country artist the following decade, eventually transitioning into cowboy music

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